Aside from their identifiable female leads, the live pairing of '90s grunge rockers Garbage and new wave stalwarts Blondie for their current Rage & Rapture Tour may not sound like a seamless fit.
The Shirley Manson-stamped Garbage dazzled its decade’s alt-rock set with its unique combination of dark, industrial-leaning guitar cuts and tracks smiley enough to soundtrack Adam Sandler films – all arranged and produced by the maestro of Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” Butch Vig. The Debbie Harry-directed Blondie has garnered Hall of Fame acclaim for its now four decades-old ability to dance between the predilections of punk, pop, disco and even the earliest iterations of New York hip-hop.
Both are touring in support of newer albums, with Garbage’s year-old “Strange Little Birds” and Blondie’s recent “Pollinator.” And both could discuss punk rock’s peak over Vig’s drumbeat of “Stupid Girl,” borrowed from The Clash's "Train in Vain."
But their necessary similarities may be as simple as first stated: the strength of their feminine-led onslaughts, which are still dealt in hypnotic doses by Manson and Harry. Matched back-to-back, both should combine for a rapturous performance.
Garbage and Blondie: 6:30 p.m. July 25 at Artpark (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). Tickets are $12 through July 23; then $17 (Artpark, Tickets.com).